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Opposition speaks out against emergency road repairs

Published:Monday | March 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A freshly paved section of Marescaux Road, which was repaired on the weekend.

The special road repaving programme announced by the National Works Agency (NWA) has drawn sharp criticisms from the Opposition.

The road repairs come two weeks before the visit of United States President Barack Obama.

Although the NWA has insisted that the timing of the repairs is coincidental, the Opposition does not share that view and sees the repairs as ad hoc.

Mike Henry, opposition spokesperson on transport and works, said, "It is amazing that we continue to ignore the everyday needs of persons and only seek to respond when there are visits coming from persons of importance and interest. It's a sign to me of decline of a government with any interest in the growth and development of the country," Henry told The Gleaner.

He added: "We continuously seem to find money for emergency repairs and issues as it relates to visits."

Henry said the Government has not been transparent about the visit of the United States president.

"As the person who dealt with President (Ronald) Reagan, in terms of handling his own visit, we did it with a great more deal of transparency than it is being done," the elder statesman said.

andre.poyser@gleanerjm.com